Japan Skiing




  • Japan Skiing

A NOTE ABOUT EQUIPMENT LISTS: Nothing can ruin a trip faster than having the wrong gear for the conditions at hand.  All our programs are subject to rapid and severe changes in the weather.  Select garments that are warm, lightweight and durable.  Generally speaking, the best arrangement is to think in terms of layers – a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold; for example, you might choose warmer gloves than specified here if you tend to get cold hands. If you have doubts about a specific garment’s appropriateness, please talk to your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. This list is built for a trip with an unsettled weather forecast.  With a good weather forecast some of these items may be left behind to save weight.



Head, Hands & Feet

  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Buff
  • Lightweight Gloves (for uphill; softshell)
  • Midweight Gloves
  • Heavyweight Gloves (for downhill; waterproof and breathable)
  • Ski Socks (2-3 pairs)

Upper Body Layers

  • Lightweight or Midweight Baselayer Top
  • Lightweight Fleece or Puffy jacket
  • Softshell Jacket with Hood
  • Puffy Jacket with Hood
  • Hardshell Jacket w/ Hood (for storm days)

Lower Body Layers

  • Lightweight or Midweight Baselayer Bottom
  • Softshell Pants
  • Hardshell Pants (for storm days)


  • Backpack (35-45 Liters, designed for skiing)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles

ACCESSORIES continued…

  • Sunscreen and spf lip balm
  • Water & Food (we strongly recommend not using drink hoses during winter trips)
  • Thermos
  • Headlamp
  • Blister Kit
  • optional: Ski Helmet


  • Skis or Split Board
  • Climbing Skins (sized and cut for your skis or board)
  • Ski or Snowboard Boots
  • Ski Poles (collapsible for split boarders)
  • Ski Strap
  • Repair kit (critical for telemark or split board set ups)

AVALANCHE SAFETY (these may be rented from NCMG)

  • Transceiver (3 antenna, less than 5 years old)
  • Shovel (metal blade required)
  • Probe (240cm or longer)




  • Toiletries / Prescriptions
  • Ear Plugs
  • “Street” Clothes to wear in the evenings


  • Medium Duffel (we have very limited space in our Japanese rental vans – please pack light!)
  • Ski Bag
  • Passport
  • Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Cash (Japan is a very cash-based economy and most rural places don’t accept credit or debit cards)
  • Travel Clothing